Before you know it, they're cruising around the table and testing their limits. Now don't expect them to be taking their first steps without support until they're at least 12 to 13 months, but you can help them gain their footing.
When my daughter turned a year, I remember how she'd reach high into the air with both hands so that I could walk her around the room. For two straight months, I was the one she'd look for because she knew that I'd happily put my hands in her tiny palms and walk her around the room.
Don't be so quick to get your little one fitted for their first pair of walking shoes. They'll actually learn more quickly how to walk in their bare feet. Make sure you remove their socks so that they don't slip on the floor.
Walkers can be very dangerous for a baby just learning how to maneuver from crawling to their first steps. The last thing you want to put in their hands is a walker that could topple over near steps in your home.
I still remember how my daughter would pull her toy puppy along and as she began to start walking, she would pull it along the room and squeal in delight as her little pet joined her.
Sit on the floor with two to three adults and stretch your arms out wide. Then let your baby walk from one person to the next. It is so much fun to watch them start out taking a few steps only to wind up in your arms when they reach their goal.
The first time my daughter took her first steps, she was with her friend Cooper. Cooper and Becca were born a few weeks apart and experienced all those early milestones together. Including the night when the two of them stood up and walked into our arms. It was one of those nights we will never forget and even after nearly a dozen years, we still reminisce about the day our babies took their first steps!
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